Qingdao property owners put up banners on residential building in protest against planned forced demolition


Chinese Society  Updated:Sat, Feb 22, 2014 08:45 AM   By Bernd Chang


More than a dozen apartment owners hung up anti-demolition banners on outer wall of a residential building in Shibei district, Qingdao city, Shandong province.

The conflict between property owners and developers or local governments doesn’t appear to happen in a lower tempo after Xi took over the top post of China. We see such a disturbing moment again, this time in Qingdao, Shandong province.

More than a dozen apartment owners of a residential building on the Dengzhou Road in Shibei District hung up banners on outer wall of the building and shouted slogans with loudspeakers in protest against forced demolition planned by local government.

The banners in the above photos read:

District chief Zhang Jie, how dare you conduct illegal and forced demolition of our apartments? Is this the livelihood and wellbeing you offered to our common citizens? (???????????????????????????)

Government of Shibei District wants to demolish our 10-year-old new building through scams and violence. (??????????????????????)

We ask to see district chief Zhang Jie. (???????)

We demand government of Shibei district ensure residents have normal access to water and electricity supply and stop such bad practice as destructing supply of water, electricity and gas, sealing doors, forcing locks and fouling the area with pooping! (????????????????????????????????????????)

According to a online post, the residential building on No. 58 of Dengzhou Road was in shape in 1999. As early as in 2011, Shibei district government drafted plans to demolish the building to make way for a so called Qingdao Bier Culture & Leisure Commercial Center.

But residents in the building were apparently reluctant to move away or were not satisfied with the compensation the government offered.

According to some protestants, the local government has got impatient to the two-year long stalemate between the two sides and stepped up efforts (intimidations and harassments) recently to force the apartment owners to sign demolition contract with the government. It is even heard that thugs once broken in some apartments and smashed furnitures.

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